By the Rivers of Babylon

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September 1, 2021

Joe and Abi­gail Beck­er, a Jew­ish cou­ple from Boston, have inher­it­ed a house on Sweet­grass Island in South Car­oli­na’s Low­coun­try. Peren­ni­al mis­fits, the cou­ple is excit­ed to give the South a try — and maybe even find a place to final­ly call home.

Their Boston friends are con­vinced they won’t last the sum­mer. But the South works its mag­ic on the Beck­ers, hold­ing them fast to misty farm­lands, marsh, and grand oaks, the twang of ban­jos, and the blues. Even locals put aside their usu­al mis­trust of trans­plants. Joe is con­vinced that has more to do with Abi­gail’s beau­ty than with his dubi­ous charms — espe­cial­ly in the case of Bil­ly Euston. A cel­e­brat­ed pit­mas­ter and wom­an­iz­er, Bil­ly is trans­fixed by Abi­gail at first sight. Though Joe is used to his love­ly wife’s effect on men, he mis­judges their play­ful flir­ta­tions — a trag­ic mis­take that will tear through the island like a hur­ri­cane, leav­ing the bro­ken and the bat­tered in its wake.

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